Muira puama is a bush native to the Brazilian Amazon rain forest. Its bark and roots have been used traditionally for a variety of medicinal purposes, including impotence in men, loss of libido in women, nerve problems (including paralysis and tremor), anxiety, digestive problems, and arthritis.
What is Muira Puama Used for Today?
Explorers brought muira puama to Europe, where it became popular primarily as a treatment for impotence . However, there has been no reliable scientific evaluation of the effectiveness of this herb.
Muira puama is generally taken in the form of a liquid alcohol extract. Follow label instructions for dosage.
From what limited evidence that is available, it does not appear that use of muira puama commonly causes significant side effects. However, comprehensive formal safety evaluation has not been conducted. For this reason, muira puama should not be used by pregnant or nursing women, young children, or individuals with severe liver or kidney disease.
- Reviewer: EBSCO CAM Review Board
- Review Date: 08/2013 -
- Update Date: 08/22/2013 -